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Music and Your Mentality: Music Therapy For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Welcome to a new post to our Music and Your Mentality series. Today, we will be discussing the impact and effectiveness of music therapy on people with autism. Make sure to check out Coast Music Therapy for more information and research if this topic interests you.

Autism Spectrum Disorder consists of social, verbal, and cognitive impairments, with symptoms of repetitive behaviors and difficulty understanding other people's feelings. According to a 2020 CDC report, US autism rates increased around ten percent from 2018, and now, approximately 1 in 68 Americans have a form of autism.

However, based on research by Coast Music Therapy, individuals with autism show "equal or superior abilities in pitch processing, labeling of emotions in music, and musical preference when compared to typically developing peers." Music therapy has become a significant way to treat autism since music promotes communicative and interactive behavior with other people. Giving children instruments also help them bond with their personal instrument to open up to others with instruments as well.

Singing songs encourage improvements in communication, as children with autism learn new words and understand the emotion expressed by the melodies. Although autism can bar people from interacting normally in social settings, group singing allows children to develop connection and bonds with other children.

Music therapy is incredibly advantageous to unify people and help relate our experiences together. Through music exercises and lessons, children with autism can improve communication, speech output, interaction with peers, daily routines, and emotional well-being.

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